Dover Elementary School Library Program
The Library Program at Dover Elementary School is aligned with both New York State Learning Standards, as well as National Information Literacy Standards. A goal of the Library Program is to build a solid foundation for the development of strong information literacy skills necessary for the 21st century.
The Library Information Curriculum is based on the following:
- It is tied to the grade-level and subject curriculum. Information literacy is best taught within a meaningful context rather than a vaccuum.
- It stresses selection, use, evaluation, and synthesis of information, in addition to location of information. We're not just memorizing the Dewey Decimal System anymore!
- It helps students learn a problem-solving process and strategies for real-world applications.
- It encourages the seamless use of multiple resources in a variety of formats. Students will use both print and electronic resources.
- It fosters independent reading for information AND enjoyment. Life-long readers will get their start here!
- It demands that the learner constructs meaning and is engaged with his or her own learning.
Another very important goal of the DES Library is to foster a love of reading and books. This is accomplished in the following ways:
- Display and promotion of books within the library on the shelves and on display.
- Author of the month display
- Student book recommendations
- Library Book Club
- Booktalks - during library class and whenever requested by classroom teachers
- Readers Advisory to help students find a book that interests them.
- Thematic book displays
- Discussion of genres